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Christmas Fern

SKU: AM013998
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Christmas fern will provide your garden with four seasons of deep, evergreen beauty. A deer-resistant native of the Eastern United States, this robust, easy fern is a terrific choice for erosion control on shady and partly-shaded slopes, and is easily divisible for gardeners with large areas to cover.(Polystichum acrostichoides)
key features
Botanical Name
Polystichum acrostichoides
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Native, Deer Resistant, Groundcover, Winter Interest, Evergreen
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Mature Height
12-24" tall.
Bloom Time
Foliage plant all season


12-24” tall x 18-24” wide. Christmas Fern is one of the native treasures of the American woodlands. A shade gardener favorite, this fern sports distinctive, stocking-shaped fronds which continue to look lush well into the January snows and were once used by settlers as holiday decorations. Four-season gardeners will especially appreciate the longevity and hardiness of this beautiful native fern. The leathery, deep green fronds die back at the beginning of spring but are immediately replaced with fresh new foliage. If allowed to stay in place, the older, drying foliage creates a mat around the fern which protects loose earth from eroding rains, making this a great choice for stream banks or difficult slopes. Although a lover of moist woodland sites, Christmas fern can also be planted in rockier areas with drier soils. Consider using it as a groundcover, or as a terrific evergreen accent around other deciduous and ephemeral woodland plants. (Polystichum acrostichoides)